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is a formidable figure in need of a big-name casualty to boost his
ranking. On Nov. 9, he’ll be presented with a golden opportunity to
prove his worth when he faces the seventh-ranked Alexander
Volkov. The numbers below should give you an idea on who will
have the edge going into this exciting matchup at
UFC Fight Night 163 in Moscow.
Age, height and arm reach
With a combined weight of more than 500 pounds, Volkov and Hardy
are two huge heavyweights with a ton of talent. Volkov stands at
6-foot-7-inches with an 81-inch arm reach while Hardy is a slightly
smaller 6-foot-5 with an 80-inch reach. Both fighters are 31 years
old. Volkov was born on Oct. 24, 1988, while Hardy was born on July
Before transitioning into MMA, Hardy was a professional football
star who played for the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys.
He had been training in MMA for a few months when he announced on
Oct. 2016 that he intended to pursue a career in the sport. Without
any previous combat sports experience, Hardy embarked on an amateur
career and went 3-0 before making his professional debut on June
12, 2018. He has since registered a 5-1 (1 NC) record.
Volkov has been fighting professionally since April 19, 2009,
showcasing his skills in top Russian promotions, most notably M-1
Global. He also fought at Bellator, where he became the heavyweight
champion by beating Richard Hale. In 2016, he returned to M-1
Global and took its heavyweight belt by defeating Denis
Smoldarev. Overall, his record stands at 30-7.
Hardy has only fought in the UFC four times, although he did appear
in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series twice. His UFC
record is 2-1 (1 NC). Volkov, on the other hand, first made his way
to the Octagon on Nov. 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 99, where he
earned a split decision victory over Timothy
Johnson. In terms of respective quality of opponents, Volkov
has clearly faced the stiffer competition, as he has squared off
against the lines of Roy Nelson,
Werdum and Derrick
Wins and losses by knockout
The much more experienced Volkov has scored 20 wins by KO or TKO.
His most prominent victims have been Werdum, Struve and Ricco
Rodriguez. He’s been knocked out twice in his career, by Lewis
Minakov. Meanwhile, Hardy has yet to be starched by anyone in
his young MMA career, and all five of his wins have come via KO or
Both Hardy and Volkov are quick finishers. In fact, all of Hardy’s
five knockouts have occurred in the first round. Likewise, all
three of his amateur fights ended inside of the first round. As for
Volkov, he has tallied 15 first-round finishes, 14 by knockout and
one by submission.